The “Carnal-val” — Where the World Worships Itself

This morning I read an article what looked like something published from the Babylon Bee about Christian churches dropping eggs from a helicopter to increase church attendance on Easter morning. I couldn’t help but laugh as the first thing I thought of was “WKRP In Cincinati” Thanksgiving Special, “Turkey’s Away,” where Weatherman Les Nessman reports on a radio station stunt dropping live turkeys from a helicopter. Of course, it ended in total chaos as the Station Manager didn’t realize turkeys could not fly. The stunt was to promote a secular radio station — fictional for a reason. Needless to say, egg drops are actually real, and churches like in the above picture, are using them to draw unbelievers in to fill their seats on Easter morning.

In my last article, “Christ-less Christianity” I had thought I’d seen everything. But this takes the cake, and I’m sure that if given enough thought, it could be worse. Why is Jesus not enough? Seriously? It’s an honest question.

Christianity 101

Let’s look at Christianity 101 and see why we should worship Jesus and honor Him this Sunday, and frankly every Sunday.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

John 3:16 NKJV

God loved us so much that He gave His one and only unique Son to die on a cross so that we would not perish in hell, but have eternal life with Him. Imagine God looking down and watching plastic eggs filled with candy being thrown out of a helicopter on top of a football field surrounded by bouncy houses, pony rides, within a carnival atmosphere. What do you think He would say? How would a circus draw people to God that His Son could not? Does “circus church” reflect God’s love for the world and thank Him for the sacrifice He made 2,000 years ago on our behalf?

“For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

John 3:17 NKJV

What redeeming qualities does a carnival have that Jesus does not? God sent His Son into the world that through Him we might be saved. Saved from what? Saved from God’s wrath. Saved from a lake of fire. Saved from eternal conscious torment. Doesn’t that mean anything anymore?

“He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

John 3:18 NKJV

Forever in hell in a lake of fire was our default state. Without Christ we had no hope. Imagine living knowing you were going to go to hell at any moment if you died and there was nothing you could do about it. Bouncy houses don’t even compare to the terror that awaits unbelievers. Yet, here is the church appealing to the world and not administering through the power of God.

What is belief in these verses? It comes from the word, Pisteuo in Greek, meaning not a head knowledge type of belief, but an active one. It is a belief that demands action. If you were going down in a plane, and the stewardess handed you a parachute, your belief in that parachute would force you to (1) put it on and not just hold it, (2) put it on correctly, (3) jump out of the plane, and (4) pull the ripcord. If you didn’t believe the parachute would save you, you wouldn’t do anything with it.

These “carnal-vals” are nothing but appealing to the flesh and not waking people up to their jump to come. Why don’t unbelievers want to go to church? Here is the answer in the next verses:

“And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. “For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.

John 3:19-20 NKJV

Go Into the World, Not Bring it In

In Mark 16:15, Jesus said to “go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.” He didn’t tell the church to bring the world into it. Church, fellowship, and unity in the body of Christ is for the believer only. We can invite the lost in to hear the gospel, but that should be the exception and not the rule.

Church is for the equipping of SAINTS for the work of the MINISTRY (Ephesians 4:11-16). It is not a place to cater to the world. Unbelievers don’t understand these things. They cannot because they are spiritual discerned (1 Corinthians 2:14). Their hearts are spiritually darkened. They cannot comprehend God or know Him. It is impossible without the Holy Spirit.

But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one. For “who has known the mind of the LORD that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ.

1 Corinthians 2:14-16 NKJV

“The cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” (1 Corinthians 1:18). Let’s show unbelievers the power of God and attract them for who He is and what He has done for us. Let us not change a thing, but show those on the outside a taste of what it is like on the inside, of God’s body and heirs with Christ. Share the gospel, share the bad news and their need for a savior, speak truth in love, and reach out to them on their turf, not ours.

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